Excessive sweating affects as many as three percent of all Australians. This means they sweat far more than the average person, or they sweat for no apparent reason. Known as hyperhidrosis, this can be a very embarrassing issue that can also be a nuisance in an array of ways. Excessive sweating can stain and ruin clothing, cause embarrassment and anxiety, and negatively impact on a person’s quality of life and confidence to ultimately cause harm to their work, personal, and social life.
Topical antiperspirants are generally inadequate to address excessive sweating, though they can be of a degree of help for some people if high dose aluminium antiperspirants are used. Fortunately, however, there is a solution to this problem with effective long-term treatments with injectables that can dramatically lessen its impact on your life.
Why Do We Sweat?
All humans sweat. It is a normal physiological function of the human body and it serves a very important purpose. We sweat as a natural autonomic response to maintain body temperature, especially in hot or humid conditions – it literally works to cool us down.
Sweating is controlled by the nervous system. The nervous system triggers sweat glands to produce sweat to cool the body, usually in response to high temperatures, humidity, stress, or participating in physical activity.
Sweating is normal and usually happens when the body is working properly. It can become a problem, however, when it is excessive.
What is Excessive Sweating?
Excessive sweating occurs when one sweats far more than normal, or for non-apparent reasons. Any part of the body can experience excessive sweating, however, it’s most common in the armpits, on the palms of the hands, and on the soles of the feet. It can soak through clothing and cause issues with body and foot odour. Hot Australian conditions do make the condition worse.
Excessive sweating takes two forms:
- Focal hyperhidrosis refers to excessive sweating only in certain areas, most commonly the armpits, face, feet or hands.
- Generalised hyperhidrosis refers to the problem when it impacts the entire body. This is, in most cases, due to some underlying medical disorder.
On its own, excessive sweating has no impact on your physical health and wellbeing. It can, however, have chronic psychological consequences such as embarrassment, anxiety, depression, and personal/social complications. It can also exacerbate skin issues including eczema and tinea.
What Causes Excessive Sweating?
This problem occurs when the body’s nervous system works in overdrive to stimulate sweat glands to become overactive and operate inappropriately. It can be genetic (run in families) and it will usually become worse whenever you are feeling stressed or nervous. As such, worrying about the issue makes it worse.
Excessive sweating that affects the entire body can be a result of an underlying medical condition such as:
- Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar)
- Thyroid issues
- Heart attack
- Disorders of the nervous system
- Some forms of cancer
It’s very important that if you experience excessive sweating over your entire body, you make an appointment to see your doctor for a proper diagnosis and to address the cause.
There is a range of available treatments for focal hyperhidrosis (or excessive sweating only affecting certain regions of the body), including psychotherapy, prescription antiperspirants, and more extreme options including surgery.
By far the best option is the use of injectables.
How Can Injectables Help?
Injectables for excessive sweating can be very effective. They work by injecting purified protein into the area that is affected by overactive sweat glands, and this helps to alleviate sweating by blocking the nervous system’s chemical signals that trigger and stimulate the production of sweat. Blocking the signals stops the sweating in the area.
The majority of clients who opt for this treatment will experience a dramatic reduction in their excessive sweating for between six and eighteen months.
Contact Crows Nest Cosmetic and Vein Clinic
Crows Nest Cosmetic and Vein Clinic is a world-standard clinic that offers effective treatment for excessive sweating using injectables. Our sweat-reduction treatments are all performed by Jill St James, who is a Specialist Cosmetic Injector and the Founder and Owner of MoltoBella Pelle. She has over twenty-five years’ professional experience in her field and she has performed thousands of treatments for this issue. She is committed to achieving great results for her clients with as much comfort as possible.
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